Monday, 24th of September 2018

Monday, 24th of September 2018

  • We Are Open Over The Bank Holidays, Please Call For Immediate Attention, Funerals Starting From £2200 Distance Is No Object, We Cover The UK, Including Wales, Scotland, And Ireland.

Need Help Arranging a Funeral Call: (24 hrs) 0161 428 8211

Arranging a Funeral

Customer Testimonials

Our Funeral Services

  • Horse Drawn Hearses
  • Funeral Floral Tributes
  • Repatriations
  • Memorials
  • Public Notices
  • Specilaist Musicians i.e. Bagpipes / Buglars
  • Doves
  • Helium Balloons

Your input is important to us. Please provide your valuable feedback. Here are some testimonials from our clients:

I have no hesitation in recommending Whittaker-Wood funeral directors. When my father passed away I was less than impressed with certain aspects of the service provided by a local funeral director, having read the testimonials for Whittaker-Wood I commissioned them to manage the funeral of my mother. I have to say that said testimonials are fully merited. The service provided was truly excellent, managed throughout by the meticulous Malcolm. Every detail was handled by him with the objective of achieving a stress-free service to the family and the fitting funeral that we had in mind. His attention to detail did him great credit, I received many telephone calls from him to ensure that all the detail was handled, it was very reassuring to know that we had someone to manage the funeral who was so intent on it going smoothly and fittingly, and on providing excellent customer service.

As just a single example of the service provided, my father's funeral had involved many of the pall-bearers being young lads who appeared to be learning the trade, I requested of Malcolm that this would not be the case for my mother. I well remember the indignant look he gave me as he assured me that all of his staff are experienced and suitable to their roles - he was true to his word, the drivers/pall-bearers were experienced men who treated the funeral with the gravity it deserved as well as providing support to family members.

It is now a great comfort for me to know that everything from the preparation of my mother's body, the coffin, flowers, transport, church service and burial were managed by Malcolm to the family specifications with such professionalism, thereby giving my mother the funeral she deserved.

I hope that this is suitable, Malcolm. Many thanks again for the excellent service that you and your drivers provided.

Kind regards,

Paul Blaydon
Date of Posting: 22 August 2016
Posted By: Paul Blaydon
Shepperton, Middlesex
When my Dad passed away suddenly I had no idea which Funeral Director to use. My Daughter in law recommended Whittaker - Wood as she had used him six years previously and had been very Satisfied. I read all the Favourable Customer Testimonials so contacted Malcolm, as he is known to his customers. From my first meeting with Malcolm I was immediately put at ease by his caring, compassionate manner, his attention to detail is unsurpassable, nothing is too much trouble, he explains everything in detail, I knew instantly that he was the right person to take care of my late Dad, He is so Professional with just the right amount of Humour to lift a very sad occasion.
The chapel of rest is a Beautiful, Peaceful Place and Malcolm didn't mind how long I spent talking to my Dad.
The Funeral was perfect and dealt with such Sentiment and Compassion.
Thank you Malcolm for being my Friend.
I Would Definitely Recommend Whittaker- Wood to Anyone who wants an Independent Funeral Director with Comfort, Compassion and the Personal Touch.
Date of Posting: 23 May 2016
Posted By: Helen Chapman
Peel Hall
I would like to say a very Heartfelt Thank You to Malcolm at Whittaker-Wood for Arranging my Mum's Funeral. I didn't have to worry about anything as it was all taken care of. I had never arranged a Funeral before and it is quite Daunting but I was so Pleased with the way it was handled with respect. I would Recommend them to Anyone.
Date of Posting: 27 April 2016
Posted By: Yvonne Hassan
Heald Green
I used the Funeral Services of Whittaker - Wood recently based on the Testimonials and information online. With the first telephone contact I felt reassured that Mr Whittaker or Malcolm (as he introduced himself) would help me to organise my Brother's Funeral. He was able to convey that human touch of compassion and support throughout, yet maintain his professionalism. I am truly grateful for his kindness during this sad time. The testimonials are genuine.
Date of Posting: 13 April 2016
Posted By: Bernadette Lam
Truly outstanding. Very passionate , open and honest.

Before my experience of the loss and arrangements for my Dads Funeral, my view had always been quite ignorant in relation to the whole process.

Whittaker-Wood changed that! All of my worries and fears of a complicated process, literally vanished. I felt so comforted by the caring and genuine nature of Malcolm who showed compassion and comfort from collecting my father from Blackpool Victoria Hospital and then making him look at peace in the chapel of rest . . No words can express how grateful i will always be . I need to express the importance of anyone going through this experience, need to know that they turn what is the worse time (death of a loved one) into a remarkable journey. It takes very special people to be able to carry out with dignity and honour this very personable service.

They exceeded all of my wishes and every detail was captured. Inspirational. I can highly recommend their services

Andrew Holdsworth

Date of Posting: 06 April 2016
Posted By: Andrew Holdsworth
The Late Mr Bernard Kevin John Bull

I would like to thank Malcolm for his kindness making a very distressing and emotional journey so stress free and special. Although very professional, I felt more that I was getting help from a friend. Thank you again Malcolm. I would recommend Whittaker and Wood for price and professionalism.
Date of Posting: 15 March 2016
Posted By: Mrs Rosemary Kalwa
Chealde, Cheshire, Stockport
I chose Whittaker-Wood Funeral Directors Because I knew they had a good reputation. Mr. Whittaker, or Malcolm as he is known was Compassionate and Caring with a good sense of humour. He took all of the Stress out of this Sad time for us. He was Professional, Kind and Genuine. At the end of it all he felt like a Family Friend. There was no trouble in him having to go out of his local area, he Couldn`t do enough for us. I would not Think Twice about using Whittaker-Wood Funeral Services Again. They made a very Sorrowful Time as lovely as it possibly could be.
Date of Posting: 27 January 2016
Posted By: Fiona Oldham
Thornton, Cleveleys, Blackpool
I cannot speak more highly of the way Whittaker-Wood staff helped my family as we struggled to come to terms with the death of my father. They handled my father's funeral delicately and with a great amount of care. Thank you for your support during this really difficult time.
Date of Posting: 30 September 2015
Posted By: Marcus Driscoll
Wilmslow, Cheshire
What wonderful people made a very difficult time a lot easier.
Date of Posting: 24 August 2015
Posted By: Bob Charlton
Clayton Manchester
We wanted an independent Funeral Director and chose Whittaker - Wood of Gatley Malcolm took control from the second he received our telephone call. His kindness and attention to detail were thoroughly appreciated by all the family whilst he arranged and then oversaw the smooth running of Dad's funeral. Do not hesitate contacting this company they are compassionate and caring at a time when you most need it.
Date of Posting: 23 July 2015
Posted By: Diane Robinson
Heald Green

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How to Arrange a Funeral

Steps for Arranging a Funeral

How is a death registered?

How is a death registered?

The death must be registered by the Registrar of Births and Deaths for the area in which it occurred.

We will advise you on where and when to go.

If the death has been referred to the Coroner, it cannot be registered until the Registrar has received authority from the Coroner to do so.

The death must be registered within five days (unless the Registrar says this period may be extended).

When you go to the Registrar you should take all the following:

  • The Medical Certificate of cause of death
  • The deceased Medical Card, if possible
  • The deceased Birth Certificate, if available

You should tell the Registrar:

  • The date and place of death
  • The deceased’s last (usual) address
  • The deceased’s first names and surname (and maiden name where appropriate)
  • The deceased’s date and place of birth (town and county, and country if born abroad)
  • The deceased’s occupation and the name and occupation of her husband (where applicable)
  • Whether the deceased was getting a pension or allowance from public funds
  • If the deceased was married, the date of birth of the surviving widow or widower.

The Registrar will give you:

  • A Certificate for Burial or Cremation (known as the Green Form) unless the Coroner has given you an Order for Burial (Form 101) or a Certificate for Cremation (Form E). This gives permission for the body to be buried or for an application for cremation to be made. We will require this form as soon as possible.
  • A Certificate of Registration of Death (Form BD8 {rev}). This is for Social Security
    purposes only. Read the information on the back of the certificate. If any of it applies, fill in the certificate and send it to your Social Security office.

The Death Certificate

The Death Certificate

The Death Certificate is a certified copy of the entry in the death register. The Registrar can let you have a Death Certificate if you want one, but you will have to pay a fee.

You will need a Death Certificate for the Will, and for any pension claims, bank accounts, building society accounts, shares, insurance policies, savings bank certificates and premium bonds.

Stillborn Babies

Stillborn Babies

If a baby is stillborn (born dead after the 24th week of pregnancy) you will be given a Medical Certificate of Stillbirth signed by the midwife or doctor, which you should give to the Registrar.

If no doctor or midwife has examined the body, you must sign Form 35 which the Registrar will give you.

Sudden Death and the Coroner

Sudden Death and the Coroner

  • The Coroner is a doctor or a lawyer responsible for investigating deaths in the following situations.
  • The deceased was not attended by a doctor during the last illness or if the doctor who treated the deceased had not seen the deceased either after death or within 14 days before death.
  • The death was violent or unnatural or occurred while the patient was undergoing an operation or was under effect of anaesthetic.
  • The death occurred in prison or in police custody.

The Coroner may arrange for a post-mortem examination of the body. The consent of the relative is not needed for this, but they can choose a doctor to be present. It may be important to know the precise cause of death.

If you want advice or information about a death reported to the Coroner, contact the Coroner’s Officer. We will advise you where he can be contacted.



An inquest is an enquiry into the medical cause and circumstances of a death. It is held in public, sometimes with a jury. It is up to the Coroner how to organise the enquiry in a way to best serve the public interest and the interest of the relatives.

The Coroner will hold an inquest if the death was any of the following: violent or unnatural or caused by an industrial disease or the death occurred in prison or if the cause of death remains uncertain after a post-mortem examination.

It may be important to have a lawyer to represent you if the death was caused by a road accident, or an accident at work, or in circumstances which could lead to a claim for compensation.

Other things may have to be done such as those listed below. It is not a complete list covering everyone’s individual circumstances.

Things to send back

Things to send back

You should return the following, with a note of explanation and the date of death with each of the documents:

  • Order books, payable orders, or giro cheques to the Social Security office or other DSS office which issued the payment. This applies also to a Child Benefit book which includes payment for a child who has died. Orders should not be cashed after the death of a person. It may be useful to keep a record of pension book numbers or other Social Security numbers before you send anything back.
  • The deceased’s passport to the Passport Office. The Passport Office for this area is at India Buildings, Pier Head, Liverpool.
  • The deceased’s driving licence to DVLC, Swansea, SA6 7GL.
  • The registration documents of a car, for the change of ownership to be recorded.
  • Any season tickets. Claim any refund due.
  • Membership cards of clubs and associations. Claim any refund due.
  • Library books and tickets.
  • Any National Insurance papers to the relevant office.
  • Any NHS equipment such as wheelchairs, hearing aids, artificial limbs.

People to tell

People to tell

  • The local Social Services department of the council if the person was getting meals-on-wheels, home help, or day-centre care or had any appliance or piece of equipment issued by the department.
  • Any hospital the person was attending
  • The family doctor to cancel any home nursing
  • The Inland Revenue
  • The Social Security office if any money was being paid directly into a bank or building society account.
  • Any employer and trade union
  • Car insurance company (if you are insured to drive the car under the deceased’s name, you will cease to be legally insured)
  • Gas, Electricity and Telephone companies
  • The local council housing department if the person who has died was living in a council house
  • The Post Office so that they can re-direct the deceased person’s mail

Help with the cost of the funeral

Help with the cost of the funeral

The following information should be treated as general guidance. We are not able to guarantee the availability of a loan, but we do understand how the Department of Social Services makes a final decision.

Who is entitled to help?

You may receive help if there is not enough money to pay for the funeral and you are responsible for making the funeral arrangements and you and your partner are receiving any of the following benefits:-

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Housing Benefit
  • Council Tax Benefit
  • Working Families Tax Credit – must include the severe disability element or disability element
  • Child Tax Credit – must be at a higher level than family element
  • Pension Credit

Check what amount of money is available from:-

  • The estate of the person who has died, such as money from the bank and building society accounts.
  • Insurance policies or charities, lump sum payments made by a pension scheme or relatives, (either yours or the person who has died.)
  • Any savings you have in the bank or building society, National Savings (including certificates or premium bonds) or in cash at home.

Savings may be in your name or the name of your partner. The widow payment does not count as savings.

The social fund may make a contribution towards the cost of a simple funeral within the United Kingdom.

This includes:

  • Bringing the body home if the person has died away from home but within the United Kingdom.
  • The Death Certificate.
  • A standard coffin.
  • The Hearse for the coffin and bearers.
  • Flowers from the person who is arranging the funeral.
  • Contribution towards fees of the Funeral Director.
  • Chaplain and organist fee for a simple funeral.
  • Cemetery Fee or Crematorium Fee.
  • Doctors’ Fees.

If you think you may be able to claim, then we will help you with the completion of the appropriate forms and deal with the necessary paperwork on your behalf.

Customer Testimonials

Our Funeral Services

  • Funeral Arranging
  • Horse Drawn Hearses
  • Funeral Floral Tributes
  • Memorials
  • Repatriations
  • Public Notices
  • Specilaist Musicians i.e. Bagpipes / Buglars
  • Doves
  • Helium Balloons

Contact Information

Whittaker - Wood Funeral Services

99 Silverdale Road
Gatley, Cheadle

Office: 0161 - 428- 8211 (24hrs)
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